Conferences and Workshops

Leveraging Existing Data and Analytic Methods for Health Disparities Research Related to Aging and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

This two-day workshop will be focused on analysis of population data and demonstrating how studies using established administrative data resources such as Medicare claims databases combined with complex well-established and innovative analytic approaches (such as partitioning analyses, time-series based methods of projection and forecasting, and stochastic process models) can be used to uncover previously overlooked or understudied aspects in this area of research. increase collaboration and partnership in an interdisciplinary research community focused on analytic methods for large-scale population and clinic-related data construct a bridge between independent research subgroups identify ways to achieve synergistic effects in multidisciplinary research by combining innovative approaches developed across different research groups Ultimately, our long-term goal is to diffuse the active use of advanced analytic methods for analyses of existing big health population datasets in health disparity research.

Duke’s Department of Sociology, Jensen Speaker Series presents: Hedwig Lee, Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

Duke’s Department of Sociology, Jensen Speaker Series presents:  Hedwig Lee, Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

March 12, 2021

1:15 PM


For more information and Zoom Link, contact: Lisa Olds, Duke Sociology  

DUPRI to host an Introduction to R virtual workshop

DuPRI will be hosting an Introduction to R virtual workshop. This 4-hour training (one morning and one afternoon session) will introduce you to the R environment for statistical computing. The class is suitable for beginners who have never used R and is geared toward users of Stata/SAS/SPSS. Session Details Date: Thursday, December 3 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Getting started with R, creating and manipulating objects, loading and working with data 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Break 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Regression, graphics, basic programming

DUPRI and the Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture Series Features Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University, "Does the American Dream Depend on your Zip Code?"

Children’s chances of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90 percent to 50 percent over the past half century in America. How can we restore the American Dream of upward mobility for our children? In this talk, Raj Chetty will discuss recent work that he and his colleagues at Opportunity Insights have done to study this question. Among other topics, the talk will show how children’s chances of climbing the income ladder vary across neighborhoods, analyze the sources of racial disparities in intergenerational mobility, and discuss the role of higher education in creating greater income mobility. The talk will conclude by discussing how local policymakers can harness big data to increase opportunity in their own communities and institutions.

Jensen Speaker Series presents Dr. Victor Rios, Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Professor in the Department of Sociology, UC- Santa Barbara, “The Youth Control Complex, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and The Criminalization of Black and Latino Boys”

This talk discusses the culture of control that marginalizes Black and Latinx youth.  Drawing on the findings of a recent two-year ethnographic study, Rios shows that institutional figures, like educators and police officers, impact the cultural frames and resources used by marginalized students. Rios argues that top-down reform measures are often ineffective in urban high schools and police departments.  He proposes culturally responsive and culturally anchored programs, policies, and practices for reversing the youth control complex and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Jensen Speaker Series presents Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Dustin Avent-Holdt, Augusta University discuss "Relational Inequalities”

Based on the award-winning monograph Relational Inequalities (Oxford 2019), this talk is an introduction to relational inequality theory (RIT). RIT makes the following claims: Resources, like money, jobs and dignity, are generated and distributed relationally in organizations. Actors makes claims on those resources. Some people are denied access to organizational resources through processes of inclusionary and exclusionary closure. Others appropriate resources based on their ability to exploit weaker actors in interactional and exchange relationships. Actors are more or less powerful in these claims making processes and this relational power tends to be associated with categorical distinctions such as class, occupation, gender, education, citizenship, race, and the like. Institutions and organizational fields influence, but do not determine action and opportunities. Rather actors, use cultural and other tools to devise local strategies of action. Introducing both a theoretical tool kit and a broad set of research exemplars Relational Inequalities is intended to challenge both more macro and micro sociological approaches to inequality.

The Center for Family & Demographic Research presents Declining Fertility in the U.S.: Interpretations, Predictions, and Implications

Over the past decade, birth rates have fallen in the United States, reaching lows not seen since the 1970s. When birth rates first fell, many expected fertility to rebound as the U.S. recovered from the Great Recession. Instead, fertility continued to fall, and the U.S. now joins other industrialized countries with consistently low fertility, sparking concern over population decline and negative economic impacts. The Center for Family and Demographic Research will host three leading fertility scholars who will share their insights into the causes of today’s low birth rates, their predictions for likely trends in the future, and the implications of sustained low fertility. The symposium is free, but pre-registration is required. Please contact the CFDR office to register.

Join Professors Anna Gassman-Pines and Adriane Lentz-Smith, Associate Professors in Public Policy for the conversation, “Well-Being for Children and Families During COVID-19.”

The Ethics of Now with Adriane Lentz-Smith continues from home with a series of brief, thoughtful and timely conversations about the ethical dilemmas of this historic moment. This week, on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 7pm, join Professor Lentz-Smith and Anna Gassman-Pines, Associate Professors of Public Policy for the conversation “Well-Being for Children and Families During COVID-19.” After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.